Pretty little town

Trip Start Oct 28, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Uruguay  , Colonia Department,
Monday, May 3, 2010

Our ferry was booked out of Colonia so we spent the day traveling from Puerto del Diablo (via Montevideo) to Colonia de Sacramento (Colonia for short). We arrived in the late afternoon and were haggered after a day on buses so decided to save the excitement of colonia for the next day. We had a mellow evening in our hostel which we pretty much had to ourselves.
Colonia was as lovely as everyone said it would be. The historical section (declared a world heritage site) was gorgeous with cobble stone, tree lined streets with bright historical buildings. There were bougainvilleas everywhere and tons of old cars that gave Colonia a distinct feel. If I were blindly transported there I would have no doubt guessed a small European village. We wondered around for a few hours admiring the beauty. It was a very quiet, sleepy town but absolutely beautiful!
The one thing we wanted to try before leaving was grappa miel- a honey liquor. We didn't know how it was supposed to be served so we went to a restaurant and ordered it. Served in a shot glass (we could have just bought a bottle from the liquor store!). It was a delicious honey tasting liquor. We sipped it and enjoyed it a little too much, good thing we discovered it this late in the Uruguayan game... it could have been dangerous.
We arrived at the ferry terminal to receive extremely irritating, bad news. When going through immigrations, the customs agent asked us for our tourist card. We didn't have a tourist card, we had no idea what he was talking about. He explained on the way over, the back side of our ferry boarding pass was our tourist card. No one (not the ferry company or the customs agent who stamped us in) explained this to us. We merely threw our boarding passes away. A costly mistake. They charged us each a $35 (US) fine. FRUSTRATING! We sat on the ferry for the fist 30 minuets fuming with steam over the entire thing. Then we got over it! Lesson learned- always check with customs agent if there is any documentation we need to carry with us.

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